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Pirates announce spring training schedule and ticket packages

Twenty-nine game schedule opens with intrasquad “Black and Gold” game on Friday, March 2

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced their 2012 Spring Training schedule and ticket pricing for games at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida, the southern home of the Pirates since 1969. The 29-game Florida schedule consists of 15 home games and will also feature an intrasquad “Black and Gold” game on Friday, March 2.

The Pirates are scheduled to open their 2012 Grapefruit League season against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, March 3 in Dunedin. The Pirates will then host the Blue Jays the following day in their spring training Home Opener at McKechnie Field on Sunday, March 4 at 1:05 p.m.

For the fifth straight year, the Pirates are scheduled to play a night game at McKechnie Field when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, March 26 at 7:05 p.m. The game will mark the third year in a row that the Pirates have played the Orioles under the lights at McKechnie Field.

Other highlights of the 2012 home schedule include:
* One game against the A.L. East Champion New York Yankees (Tuesday, March 6)
* One game against the Boston Red Sox (Wednesday, March 21)
* Two games against the N.L. East Champion Philadelphia Phillies (Monday, March 12 and Friday, March 16)
* Three games against the A.L. Wild Card Champion Tampa Bay Rays (Saturday, March 17, Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 30)
* One game against the A.L. Central Champion Detroit Tigers (Friday, March 23)

Pirates spring training season tickets, which go on sale Friday, October 21, remain one of the best values in the Grapefruit League. Season ticket pricing is as follows:
Seat Type Total Price
Infield Box (Box 1-14) $278.00*
Infield Reserve $263.00*
Outfield Box (Box 15-22) $248.00*
Grandstand $158.00*

Current season ticket holders will be receiving their renewal forms beginning on October 21, and will have until January 6 to renew their same seats for the 2012 season.

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